Polaroid Sonar Pronto SX-70 Land Camera

Polaroid PRONTO! Land Camera

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Polaroid Pronto! Sears Special (rear view)

And, there is never any end to the puzzles that one is confronted with. For example, consider the Polaroid Pronto! S. First challenge: there is no tripod mount. A little gaffer’s tape and whallah: a Pronto! attached quite soundly to my travel tripod (note the cardboard dangling from the front, as well):

Even if he had believed fully, he doubted if anyone under two would have accepted the legitimacy of the Santa he saw before him. Aside from the thinness in both beard and frame, the man’s suit was threadbare in spots, the black vinyl boots scuffed and dull, and the white ruffs at collar and cuffs had yellowed to the color of old piano keys. His lap was empty. The only person nearby was a cowboy-hatted man sitting on a folding chair identical to that on which the Santa sat. A Polaroid Pronto hung from his neck, and next to him a card on an easel read YOUR PICTURE WITH SANTA - $3.00. The $3.00 part was printed much smaller than the words. The boy and his mother were nearly by the men when the one in the red suit looked at them.

Polaroid Pronto! Sears Special (front view)

Polaroid Pronto! Sears Special (with 35mm cassette for scale)

The PX 600 is being used in a that belonged to my paternal grandmother, Toby Wolff, who passed away two years ago at the age of 99 and 1/2. She was an avid Polaroid user and I’m so happy to have her last Polaroid camera, hard black Polaroid case, and many Polaroid photos that she took of the family. The other camera is a Polaroid Pronto! S that belonged to my maternal grandparents, Maurie and Harriet White, who are both in their 90s and still living. The Pronto! was in my grandfather’s camera bag that he gave to me a few years ago along with a Canon AE-1 and a Canon A1 Program. I had no idea that he had the Polaroid and I was happy to find it in a soft beige Polaroid case with the user’s manual and a flash bar.

Land Cameras are with named after their inventor, , while working for Research Row in Boston, Massachusetts and manufactured by between the years of 1947 and 1983. Though Polaroid continued producing instant cameras after 1983, the name 'Land' was dropped from the camera name since Edwin Land retired in 1982. The first commercially available model was the , which produced prints in about 1 minute,and was first sold to the public in November, 1948.